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House fire sparks smoking warning

06/01/2014

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be extra careful if smoking indoors following a house fire in Newcastle.

"The fact that the property had working smoke alarms quite possibly saved the lives of the people inside the house which proves how vital it is to regularly check them to ensure they are in good order should an emergency occur."

Station Manager for Leek and Biddulph Carl Mason

The incident happened at 11.51am on Saturday, January 4 at a property on Freehold Street.

The fire is believed to have been caused accidentally when a female occupant burnt the settee with smoking materials.

A male resident was alerted to the blaze when the smoke alarms were activated. The Service was contacted and crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended the scene. They left at 12.59pm.

The female was taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire by land ambulance before later being transferred to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Station Manager for Leek and Biddulph Carl Mason said: "The householders were extremely lucky that the fire was contained to the living room and did not spread any further. The fact that the property had working smoke alarms quite possibly saved the lives of the people inside the house which proves how vital it is to regularly check them to ensure they are in good order should an emergency occur.

"I would encourage people not to smoke inside properties but if they can’t do that, I would urge them to never smoke while under the influence of alcohol. The consequences could be devastating."